UFC Orlando: Stephens Scores KO

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Longtime UFC veteran Jeremy Stephens continued to state his case for a UFC Featherweight Title shot, as he scored a victory over Josh Emmett in the main event of UFC Orlando.

The two circled around and felt each other out for quite a bit of the opening round. Stephens was clearly the more aggressive fighter; however, Emmett did a decent job of avoiding some of Stephens’ strikes. The two

Stephens clearly the more aggressive fighter, but Emmett doing a decent job of avoiding Stephens’ strikes. The two traded strikes throughout the round until the end of the round.

Stephens landed a knee early in the second round as the two exchanged. But a counterpunch followed by a left hook dropped Emmett. Stephens goes on the attack with severe ground-and-pound until the referee stopped the fight.

There was some controversy that an illegal knee may have been delivered with Emmett on the ground, however, the referee did not rule the knee illegal.

The card, courtesy of MMA Fighting:

UFC Orlando Main card (8 p.m. ET, Fox):
Featherweight: Jeremy Stephens def. Josh Emmett via KO (Rd. 2, 1:35)
Women’s Strawweight: Jessica Andrade def. Tecia Torres via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-28)
Light Heavyweight: Ilir Latifi def. Ovince Saint Preux via submission (guillotine) (Rd. 1, 3:48)
Welterweight: Max Griffin def. Mike Perry via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 30-27)

UFC Orlando Preliminary Card (6 p.m. ET, Fox):
Bantamweight: Brian Kelleher def. Renan Barao via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Women’s Bantamweight: Marion Reneau def. Sara McMann via submission (triangle choke) (Rd. 2, 3:40)
Women’s Strawweight: Angela Hill def. Maryna Moroz via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Welterweight: Alan Jouban def. Ben Saunders via KO (Rd. 2, 2:38)

UFC Orlando Early Preliminary Card (4:15 p.m. ET, UFC Fight Pass):
Light Heavyweight: Sam Alvey def. Marcin Prachnio via KO (Rd. 1, 4:23)
Bantamweight: Rani Yahya def. Russell Doane via submission (arm-triangle) (Rd. 3, 2:32)
Flyweight: Alex Perez* def. Eric Shelton via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Bantamweight: Manny Bermudez def. Albert Morales via submission (guillotine) (Rd. 2, 2:33)

* Perez missed weight; will be fined 20% of his fight purse

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